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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

nikkor_01.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Nikkor SLR Lenses 40 Million and Counting
19:52 EDT - TOKYO -- Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that production figures for our Nikkor SLR interchangeable lenses surpassed the 40 million mark this month. Forty-eight years have passed since Nikon introduced the first Nikkor lens with F mount, together with our first SLR camera, the Nikon F, in 1959. Nikon views the 40 million figure as symbolic of the love and enthusiasm shared by photography... (More)



Olympus' EVOLT E-410 digital SLR. Copyright (c) 2007, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Full Review posted for Olympus EVOLT E-410
14:11 EDT - Small and appealing, the Olympus E-410 brings memories of days gone by, when SLRs were small, mechanical, and manual.

But the E-410 is capable of both full auto and manual, and its 10 megapixel Live MOS sensor and optical design are quite advanced. The E-410's 14-42mm lens is sharper than the average consumer digital... (More)



IR begins monitor & calibration coverage, launches reader deal with ColorVision
14:06 EDT - We're going to begin covering higher-end monitors and calibration products, and have struck a deal with ColorVision to encourage more of our readers to get (and keep) their monitors calibrated.

As you might expect, it's important for an organization like IR to have well-calibrated monitors. After all, a lot of people rely on our comments about image quality to make their camera-buying decisions.... (More)



Nikon's Coolpix L11 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Express Review posted for Nikon Coolpix L11!
13:41 EDT - The midrange model in Nikon's L-series of digital cameras, the Nikon Coolpix L11 is priced about midway between the L10 and L12.

It shares the other models combination of compact size, good image quality, useful feature set, and very affordable pricing, but we felt that the two other models gave better bang for the buck, with the... (More)



Nikon's Coolpix L10 digital camera. Copyright © 2007, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Express Review posted for Nikon Coolpix L10
13:38 EDT - The Nikon Coolpix L10 doesn't look like a digital camera made for kids but it's priced just right for them.

And it's a great deal on a digital camera for anyone who enjoys composing images, and capturing the moment without having to worry about photographic science. But there's plenty of photographic science... (More)



Samsung's i85 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Samsung i85: 8mpix, 5x zoom
13:08 EDT - A new digital camera model from Korea's Samsung offers an eight megapixel 1/2.5" CCD imager and 5x optical zoom lens in an attractive, feature-rich package.

The Samsung i85 has no optical viewfinder, in favor of making room for a a large 3.0" LCD display with 230,000 pixel resolution on which images are framed and reviewed. As well as capturing still... (More)



IR Site is *finally* back to normal
11:18 EDT - It was a long and hairy battle, but the IR servers are now back to normal...

Apologies again for our outage last Friday through Sunday, it was testimony that the best laid plans of mice and men (but particularly the latter) are prone to going astray. There are a few tidbits in... (More)



Monday, July 30, 2007

Canon's EOS-1D Mark III digital SLR. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Canon releases EOS 1D Mark III firmware version 1.1.0
23:34 EDT - The firmware update incorporates the following additional functions and corrections: 1. Improves the look of images when enlarged on the LCD monitor. 2. Countermeasures for Main Dial response errors (Main, Quick Control, Vertical-grip Main). 3. Improves the tendency to focus too easily on the background when shooting in AI servo AF under certain conditions. 4. Corrects errors in the Italian and... (More)



Samsung's NV20 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Samsung: Three new NV-series digicams
14:52 EDT - Secausus NJ-based Samsung Opto-Electronics America, Inc. has today unveiled three new NV-series digital camera models in cooperation with its Korean parent company Samsung Techwin Co., Ltd.

The Samsung NV8, NV15 and NV20 are very closely related designs, with the most significant difference between the three being the choice of imager. All of the new NV digicams share the same body design,... (More)



Thursday, July 26, 2007

Fujifilm's FinePix S8000fd digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fujifilm: 8 mpix, 18x zoom digicam
00:00 EDT - Just two days after Panasonic did so, Fujifilm has today unveiled an electronic viewfinder-based digicam that couples eight megapixels of resolution with an 18x optical zoom lens.

Like Panasonic's LUMIX DMC-FZ18, the Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd has body styling reminiscent of a single-lens reflex digital camera, and uses a 1/2.5" image sensor - but unlike its competitor,... (More)



Fujifilm's FinePix A920 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. FinePix A920 digicam announced
00:00 EDT - Continuing its burst of digicam announcements, Fujifilm has today taken the wraps off its new FinePix A920, a model which follows in the footsteps of the existing FinePix A900.

The Fujifilm FinePix A920 is based around a nine megapixel SuperCCD HR imager with a maximum resolution of 3,488 x 2,616 pixels. Fuji's SuperCCD HR sensors use an octagonal array of photodiodes that increases... (More)



Fujifilm: 8mpix, 4x zoom digicam for $200 (with change!)
00:00 EDT - Marking the entry-level point in Fujifilm's five announcements today is the FinePix F480.

The Fujifilm FinePix F480 is an eight megapixel camera with a 4x optical zoom Fujinon-branded lens that offers an effective focal length range from 28 - 112mm, a useful wide angle to a moderate telephoto.... (More)



Fujifilm's FinePix Z10fd digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fujifilm: new digicam targets Gen-Z
00:00 EDT - Among Fuji's numerous digicam announcements today, the most-fashion friendly is probably the new FinePix Z10fd, to be offered in a range of five body colors.

Following in the footsteps of the existing FinePix Z5fd, the Fujifilm Z10fd has one more megapixel of resolution from a CCD image sensor rather than the Super CCD HR sensor of the past model, effective... (More)



Fujifilm's FinePix F50fd digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fuji announces FinePix F50fd
00:00 EDT - One of no less than five new digital cameras announced by Fujfilm today is the FinePix F50fd, an update that follows in the footsteps of the company's existing F10, F30, F31fd and F40fd models.

As compared to the most recent of the group - the FinePix F40fd - the newly unveiled Fujifilm F50fd has four more megapixels from the same image sensor size, yielding a total of 12 megapixels from its... (More)



Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Sigma logo. Click to visit Sigma's website! PRESS RELEASE: The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of the new 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO HSM for Nikon and 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO HSM for Nikon.
20:13 EDT - Large aperture standard zoom lens designed specially for digital SLR cameras. 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO HSM for Nikon The HSM is incorporated into this large aperture standard zoom lens for digital SLR cameras.This lens is capable of autofocusing with all Nikon DSLR cameras and has a minimum focusing distance of 20cm (7.9”) and maximum magnification of 1:2.3 enabling close-up photography.... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Kubota Image Tools Announces Spring 2008 Digital Photography Bootcamp™ Workshop
14:20 EDT - Next Digital Photography Bootcamp scheduled for April 20-25, 2008 and one Kubota scholarship space is available Bend, OR (July 25, 2007) - Kubota Image Tools is pleased to announce its 15th Digital Photography Bootcamp™ workshop April 20-25, 2008. Bootcamp, taught by renowned photographer Kevin Kubota, is a 5-day workshop for professional photographers designed to supply all of the technical... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: PictoColor Releases iCorrect Portrait 1.5 Color Correction Plug-in for Photoshop CS3
11:45 EDT - Time-saving Photoshop plug-in features award-winning skin tone correction technology that gives every face the color of life BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- PictoColor Corporation has released iCorrect Portrait 1.5 Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS3. The newest version of the company's highly acclaimed point-and-click portrait software features full compliance with the latest Photoshop Plug-in SDK (Software Development... (More)



Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Kodak's logo. Click here to visit the Kodak website! PRESS RELEASE: KODAK Announces First EASYSHARE Camera to Incorporate KODAK CMOS Image Sensor
11:03 EDT - Efficiency of CMOS Technology Enables Kodak to Broaden its Participation in Digital Cameras ROCHESTER, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) announced today the first digital camera in its successful EASYSHARE line to incorporate the company's new, innovative CMOS image sensor technology. The KODAK EASYSHARE C513 Camera is an entry-level camera designed to produce high-quality images... (More)



Leica Digital-Modul-R: New firmware available
10:41 EDT - Leica Camera AG has released a new version of firmware for its Digital-Modul-R digital back for the Leica R8 and R9 cameras.

Digital-Modul-R firmware version 1.3 replaces version 1.2 from March 2006, and has a number of changes including the following as described by Leica: Improved colour rendering on the Digital-Modul-R display... (More)



Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FZ18 digital camera. Courtesy of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Panasonic: 8 mpix, 18x zoom digicam
04:00 EDT - Panasonic's LUMIX digital camera lineup today sees the addition of a new electronic viewfinder-based digicam that couples high resolution with a powerful optical zoom lens.

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ18 has body styling reminiscent of a single-lens reflex digital camera, and offers a 1/2.5" CCD image sensor with an effective eight megapixels. Dominating the front of... (More)



Panasonic announces two new FX-series digicams
04:00 EDT - Rounding out Panasonic's three digital camera announcements for the day, the company has unveiled its new LUMIX DMC-FX33 and DMC-FX55 models.

The Panasonic FX55 and FX33 are closely related compact cameras whose main difference is their LCD display choices - a 2.5" type with 207,000 pixels in the FX33, with the FX55 including a larger... (More)



Monday, July 23, 2007

Digital Photo Academy classes - Still some summer dates left!
17:23 EDT - Regular readers may remember we told you last March of Panasonic's "Digital Photo Academy" workshops, set to take place in twenty US cities.

The program has been underway for a couple of weeks now, with each location offering a choice of three different courses tailored to different skill levels - beginner, intermediate or advanced. Prices... (More)



Kingston CF 266x.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Kingston Technology Boosts CF Ultimate Card Write Speed to 266x
13:16 EDT - Faster CompactFlash Ultimate Cards Now Include MediaRECOVER Data Recovery Software FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. -- July 23 -- Kingston Technology Co., Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is increasing the write speed of its popular line of CompactFlash Ultimate memory cards to 266x -- twice the minimum sustained write speed previously available in the Ultimate line.... (More)



lightzone.jpg PRESS RELEASE: LightZone Available at Discounted Rates to Educational Buyers
13:08 EDT - LightZone embraced by schools and educational resellers Gradware and CampusTech Palo Alto, Calif. -- July 23 -- Light Crafts, creators of LightZone photo-editing software, today announced that it has signed definitive reseller agreements with CampusTech (http://www.campustech.com) and Gradware (http://www.gradware.com) for the resale of LightZone to qualified educational buyers, such as students,... (More)



Friday, July 20, 2007

Canon's EOS-1D Mark III digital SLR. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture! Canon prepares 1D Mark III firmware update
20:40 EDT - Canon will soon make available for download a new version of firmware for its EOS-1D Mark III digital SLR, says a press release from the company today.

Firmware version 1.0.9 for the Mark III incorporates four main changes. The LCD display has been tweaked just slightly to offer improved sharpness when images are enlarged, and the AI Servo AF mode adjusted... (More)



anthrop-logo.gif Software Review: Anthropics Portrait Professional
20:09 EDT - Its powerful automated portrait retouching comes with a level of customization previously impossible to achieve. It's all based on the program's unique ability to succinctly describe any human visage.

Professional portrait photographers know flattery is good for business. Just as portrait painters before them did. And now Anthropics has automated that flattery with Portrait Professional, a Windows application... (More)



NOTE - IR site offline tomorrow (Saturday, 21 July) from 5-9AM US Eastern Time
4:35 EDT - The headline pretty much says it all, we'll be offline for a little while tomorrow AM (hopefully 4 hours or less), for server maintenance. (Running hardware diagnostics on a balky RAID array.) The techs should take the server offline about 5am US Eastern Daylight Time. (0:00 GMT) They say full hardware diagnostics should take four hours or less.



Casio's EXILIM EX-Z75 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Casio, Inc. Thinks Pink In The Month Of October
14:28 EDT - Casio Partners with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to Offer Special-Edition EXILIM Digital Camera Bundle DOVER, NJ, JULY 20, 2007 - Breast cancer affects hundreds of thousands of women and their families each year. It's a disease that can strike any one at any time - no one - man or woman is exempt. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is devoted to building awareness and finding a cure... (More)



Casio's EXILIM EX-Z75 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Express Review posted for Casio EX-Z75
13:34 EDT - It's hard to tell the Casio EX-Z75 from other recent pocket-size Casios, except that it's probably the most handsome of the bunch.

Otherwise, it's a digital camera with a 7.2 megapixel sensor combined with a 3x zoom lens, and a 2.6 inch LCD. An impressive 34 Best Shot modes make several difficult shooting situations easy. We'd love... (More)



Thursday, July 19, 2007

Kingston's logo. Click to visit Kingston's website! PRESS RELEASE: Photojournalist Harry Benson Shares Personal Thoughts and Memorable Moments in History on Kingston Technology's 'Icons of Photography' Web Site
12:51 EDT - 20 Questions Interview with Legendary Photographer Uncovers First Big Break Fountain Valley, CA - July 19, 2007 - Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, announced today that it has posted an interview with legendary photojournalist Harry Benson on its 'Icons of Photography' microsite. A witness to history, Benson shares what it was like to be standing next... (More)



Updates for Nikon P1, P2, S6 digicams
12:48 EDT - Nikon USA has released updated firmware and software for three of its digital camera models, when used in concert with certain operating systems.

Nikon Wireless Camera Setup Utility v2.1 is available in two versions - one compatible with 32-bit Windows Vista (specifically the Home Basic / Home Premium / Home Business / Home Enterprise and Home Ultimate... (More)



SanDisk's logo. Click to visit SanDisk's website! PRESS RELEASE: SanDisk Revs up its Fastest and Flashiest Memory Cards with SanDisk Extreme Ducati Edition CF and SD Plus Cards
12:15 EDT - Ducati Edition Cards Embody Performance and Style of the Italian Racing-Inspired Motorcycle Company MILPITAS, CALIFORNIA, JULY 18, 2007 - Borrowing from the lightning-fast speeds, precision engineering and colorful style of international motorcycle racing, SanDisk® Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) today launched a line of turbo-charged flash memory cards - the SanDisk Extreme® Ducati Edition CompactFlash®... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Printing-1 Photo Books print now in MAXI-Format
12:11 EDT - Printing-1 Maxi, the art of creating large photo books from own digital images London, 19 July 2007 - Photo book are the hottest innovation in the photo printing industry. Ever more often, when the shutter snaps at a wedding or a party no 6-x4-prints are made at all. Instead of prints for a photo album images will be laid out in a proper photo book. To give great moments the appropriate space Printing-1... (More)



Wednesday, July 18, 2007

General Electric's logo. Courtesy of General Imaging. Click here to visit the General Imaging website! PRESS RELEASE: Jaacx to distribute hot new GE digital cameras throughout Latin America
16:58 EDT - TORRANCE, Calif. (JULY 18, 2007) - General Imaging, the worldwide exclusive licensee for GE-branded digital cameras, today announced that Jaacx Distributors will distribute the company's new camera line in Latin America. Miami-based Jaacx will make the GE cameras available to other distributors, photographic retailers, consumer electronics dealers and other resellers throughout the region. Initial... (More)



Full Review posted for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9
14:48 EDT - The 8 megapixel Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 has a versatile and image-stabilized 15x optical zoom lens, starting at a respectable 31mm (35mm-equivalent) wide angle and reaching out to 465mm.

The Sony H9's broad feature set includes all forms of exposure controls -- from full manual to a set of standard scene modes -- so there's enough control for advanced users while novices won't get lost... (More)



DxO Labs Logo. Click to visit the DxO Labs website! PRESS RELEASE: DxO Labs and REALVIZ® Join Forces to Offer Demanding Photographers Exciting Software Bundles
14:34 EDT - Award-winning imaging applications DxO Optics Pro v4.5 and REALVIZ® Stitcher® are available together for the first time and at a significant saving of up to $230!* Paris, France – July 17, 2007 – DxO Optics Pro, the advanced software application for automatic digital image enhancement, and REALVIZ® Stitcher®, one of the most powerful and widely recognized image stitching... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: PictoColor Releases iCorrect OneClick 1.5 Automatic Color Correction Plug-in for Photoshop CS3
11:35 EDT - New version offers users fast, easy, accurate color correction with just one click BURNSVILLE, Minn., July 18, 2007 -- PictoColor Corporation has released iCorrect OneClick 1.5 Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS3. The new version of the company's fastest, easiest, and most automated color correction software features full compliance with the latest Photoshop Plug-in SDK (Software Development Kit) from... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: CogniSign Showcases iStockphoto's Stock Photography Collection at xcavator.net
11:33 EDT - Market Leader iStockphoto to Participate in Revolutionary Visual Search Portal Targeting Both Buyers and Sellers in the Stock Photography Market SAN FRANCISCO, July 18, 2007 -- CogniSign, a leader in image search technology, has signed iStockphoto, the world's busiest image and video market, to join its xcavator.netTM visual search portal, which services both buyers and sellers in the stock photography... (More)



Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Kodak's EasyShare Z712 IS digital camera. Courtesy of Kodak, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Kodak Selects Kopin's Electronic Viewfinder for Powerful New Zoom Digital Camera
10:35 EDT - Taunton, Massachusetts, July 17, 2007 - Kopin® Corporation (NASDAQ: KOPN), the leading provider of microdisplays for mobile consumer electronics, announced today that Eastman Kodak Company, one of the world's leading camera makers, has selected Kopin's CyberEVF® 230K-NF electronic viewfinder (EVF) for its new EASYSHARE Z712 IS digital camera. Kodak is the third tier-one camera manufacturer... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Kubota Image Tools Announces the Creation of a Digital Photography Bootcamp™ Scholarship Program
10:31 EDT - One scholarship space is left at sold-out October 7-12, 2007 Bootcamp Bend, OR (July 17, 2007) - Kubota Image Tools is pleased to announce the creation of a Digital Photography Bootcamp™ Scholarship Program. Professional photographers (or serious amateurs aspiring to be pros) are invited to apply to the program for a chance to be selected for a full scholarship to any of Kubota Image Tools'... (More)



Kingston's logo. Click to visit Kingston's website! PRESS RELEASE: Kingston Technology 8GB DataTraveler II Plus – Migo Edition Allows for Large Data Storage and Transfer
10:24 EDT - Increased Capacity Makes Drive Ideal for Road Warriors and Power Users Fountain Valley CA, - July 16, 2007 - Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced its release of the 8GB DataTraveler® II Plus - Migo Edition USB Flash drive (Kingston part # DTII+M/8GB). The robust capacity, along with data synchronization software from Migo® makes... (More)



Kingston's logo. Click to visit Kingston's website! PRESS RELEASE: Kingston Technology Introduces DataTraveler 100 with Thumb-Action” Retractable USB Connector
10:21 EDT - Style, Form-factor and Storage Capacity Make for Ideal Drive Fountain Valley CA, -- July 16, 2007 -- Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the availability of the Kingston® DataTraveler® 100 (DT 100) USB Flash drive. With a capless design, the USB connector is safely housed inside the DataTraveler's casing. A new, "thumb-action"... (More)



June POTD Winners Chosen!
06:56 EDT - "Early Morning," "Eruption," and "Cute" were chosen as our June winners. Congratulations to F. Monteiro, Michael Zelenski, and Mguna!

We're happy to announce the monthly winners of our Photo of the Day contest for June, 2007. Here's a look at June's winners, along with some comments from the judges: First Place Early... (More)



May POTD Winners Chosen!
06:38 EDT - "Peak-a-boo," "Orange XI," and "IslandbnalsI" were chosen as our May winners. Congratulations to Edwin S. Loyola, Edward G. Harp, and Marius Sabo!

We're happy to announce the monthly winners of our Photo of the Day contest for May, 2007. (Our sincere apologies for the *very* late announcement!) Here's a look at May's winners, along with some... (More)



Monday, July 16, 2007

Adobe Conducting Five-Minute Photoshop/Bridge Performance Survey
22:16 EDT - Tell the Photoshop engineering team what needs to be faster.

Adobe Photoshop Product Manager John Nack has just posted a link to the Photoshop engineering team's performance survey. The short survey seeks to provide one of those "reality checks to make sure we're... (More)



CTS_boom_small.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Sharpics Releases Studio Lighting Kits to Capture Professional Product Images
17:03 EDT - Comprehensive Solutions Offer Convenience with Superior Results SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- July 16, 2007 -- Sharpics, Inc., a leading source for product photography, today revealed its line of enhanced Studio Lighting Kits, designed to offer cost-effective and easy-to-use solutions for achieving professional product photography images. Sharpics' Compact Studio Light Kit (model LKT-92) and Clamp-on Overhead... (More)



or-dyn-cs3.jpg PRESS RELEASE: O'Reilly Publishes 'Dynamic Learning: Photoshop CS3'
16:58 EDT - SEBASTOPOL, Calif. -- For visually creative people of all stripes, it's a brave, new, and exciting digital world. However, frustration has been brewing in homes, and offices across the country because, after patiently waiting for Adobe Creative Suite 3 -- the largest software release in Adobe's 25-year history -- digital photographers, designers, and artists immediately wanted experienced guidance,... (More)



Nikon's Coolpix P5000 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Full Review posted for Nikon Coolpix P5000
13:20 EDT - The Nikon Coolpix P5000 sits at the top of Nikon's current line of consumer digital cameras.

It offers the kind of photographic control and features advanced shooters want in a portable camera, without the bulk of an SLR. Full manual control. A hotshoe. An adapter for the Coolpix lens converters.... (More)



Sunday, July 15, 2007

Canon Updates EOS XTi/400D Firmware
17:30 EDT - Support for the new Media Transfer Protocol highlights the update.

Canon has released Version 1.1.0 of the EOS Digital Rebel XTi/EOS 400D firmware incorporating the following fixes and improvements: 1. Adds support for the new Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) USB protocol.... (More)



Friday, July 13, 2007

PRESS RELEASE: Mustek Introduces TRAVELFOTO Desktop Digital Photo Display/Alarm Clock
15:16 EDT - IRVINE, CA, July 13, 2007 -- Mustek USA, a worldwide leader in digital lifestyle electronics, today introduced its new TRAVELFOTO digital photo frame/alarm clock, an ideal desktop accessory on a bedside table, in the office, or traveling alongside busy executives who want to glimpse far-off loved ones without carrying a wallet stuffed with prints. About the size as a deck of cards, the freestanding... (More)



Fujifilm's IS Pro digital SLR. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Fujifilm Launches Latest In Line Of Infrared Digital Cameras
12:44 EDT - Fujifilm IS Pro Makes it Easier for Law Enforcement Agencies to Enter Into UV and IR Investigative Photography Valhalla, NY, July 13, 2007 – Following up on the success of the FinePix S3 Pro UVIR and IS-1 infrared digital cameras, Fujifilm today announced the IS Pro, the latest in a line that has proved popular with technical, law enforcement, medical research and scientific communities. ... (More)



Thursday, July 12, 2007

PRESS RELEASE: Evening Publishes Free Lightroom 1.1 Guide
19:52 EDT - Martin Evening, author of The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book, has just published a free Lightroom 1.1 PDF supplement update for readers of his book and anyone who is interested in learning about what's new in Lightroom 1.1. The 20-MB PDF is 177 pages long and available now for download via the Peachpit Web site (registration required). This is not a book revision, but a supplement to the original... (More)



PHANFARE.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Phanfare Selects Amazon S3 for Video and Photo Backup
17:20 EDT - Phanfare, the premier video and photo sharing service for families, utilizes Amazon S3 to provide safe and secure unlimited storage for all of your videos and photos. METUCHEN, N.J. (July 12) -- Online video and photo sharing service Phanfare (http://www.phanfare.com) today announces that it has selected Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to provide unlimited storage and backup for all of its... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Vertus Releases Fluid Mask 3
17:13 EDT - New Features of Fluid Mask Include Enhanced Blending Power for Hair and Other Problem Objects and More Intuitive Workflow Capabilities BOSTON, Mass. -- July 12, 2007 -- Vertus, the graphics and imaging software division of Heligon, a technology business specializing in image data interpretation, today announced the official launch of its much-anticipated Fluid Mask 3 masking software. Previously available... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: PictoColor Releases iCorrect EditLab Pro 5.5 Color Correction Plug-in for Photoshop CS3
17:06 EDT - New version is fully compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS3 and offers native support for Intel-based Macintosh computers BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- July 12, 2007 -- PictoColor Corporation has released iCorrect EditLab Pro 5.5 Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS3. The new version of the award-winning color correction software features full compliance with the latest Photoshop Plug-in SDK (Software Development... (More)



Canon Releases EOS Utility 2.0.2, Digital Photo Professional 3.0.2
11:18 EDT - Canon today released updates to both its EOS Utility and Digital Photo Professional software. EOS Utility downloads images from EOS cameras and controls remote shooting from them. Digital Photo Pro is Canon's image editing software for EOS Raw and JPEG images. Downloads are available at no charge from the Drivers/Software tab of any EOS camera product page at the Canon site. Highlights of the updates... (More)



Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Adobe Plugs Security Hole in Photoshop CS2/CS3 Plug-Ins
20:27 EDT - BMP, PNG and Targa file format plug-ins have been revised for both Mac and Windows versions of Photoshop CS2 and CS3.

Citing "critical vulnerabilities" in Photoshop CS2 and C3 that can be exploited by a malicious BMP, DIB, RLE or PNG file opened in the application, Adobe has released updated file format plug-ins to quash... (More)



Samsung's L83T digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Samsung announces L83T digicam
20:22 EDT - One of three new cameras announced today by Korea's Samsung is the ultra-compact Samsung L83T, combining an eight megapixel CCD imager and a Samsung NV-branded 3x optical zoom lens with a fairly standard 38 - 114mm equivalent focal range.

The lens is internal, and capable of focusing as close as 1cm (~0.4 in.) in Super Macro mode. For framing images, the L83T forgoes any form of optical viewfinder - increasingly rare on small digital cameras... (More)



Samsung's L830 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Samsung unveils the L830 digicam
20:20 EDT - In its second announcement of the day, Samsung has taken the wraps off the Samsung L830 digital camera, featuring a Samsung NV-branded f/3.0 - f/5.6, 3x optical zoom lens with a fairly standard 38 - 114mm equivalent focal range.

The L830 couples this with an eight megapixel CCD imager that yields a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. The L830 also includes a 2.5" LCD display that has 230,000 pixels; likely to help... (More)



Samsung's S85 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Samsung's S85 digicam revealed
20:18 EDT - In its final announcement of the day, Samsung has introduced its entry-level Samsung S85 with - as you might guess from the name - a sensor resolution of eight megapixels coupled to a Samsung SHD-branded 5x optical zoom lens.

This provides a zoom range from 38mm - a moderate wide angle - to a useful 190mm telephoto, with maximum aperture varying from a fair f/2.8 at wide angle to f/4.6 at telephoto. The S85 can focus to a... (More)



Pentax: Two new Optio digicams
18:00 EDT - Pentax Imaging Co. has today announced two new models for its Optio digital camera series.

The Pentax Optio E40 is an entry-level eight megapixel camera with a Pentax-branded 3x optical zoom lens and a 2.4" LCD display. Offering a resolution of 110,000 pixels, this LCD is the only method... (More)



DxO Labs Logo. Click to visit the DxO Labs website! PRESS RELEASE: DxO Optics Pro v4.5 Announces Support for the Newest Canon and Nikon Camera Bodies and Debuts Support for Fish-Eye Zoom Lenses
13:11 EDT - DxO Labs expands an extensive library of cameras and lenses already supported by its award-winning automatic image enhancement software to include the Canon EOS 1D Mark III and Nikon D40x Digital SLR camera bodies as well as the Tokina AT-X 107 AF DX Fish-Eye AF 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 lens Paris, France—July 10, 2007 – DxO Labs announces today that recently released DxO Optics Pro v4.5 adds... (More)



Tuesday, July 10, 2007

PRESS RELEASE: Lensbabies™ Announces Worldwide Product Distribution
13:45 EDT - Portland, OR (July 10, 2007) - Lensbabies, LLC is happy to announce that they have achieved worldwide distribution of the Lensbaby family of selective focus SLR camera lenses and accessories. The most respected industry distributors are now representing Lensbabies in nearly all key markets, from Germany to Japan, from Russia to South Africa. Lensbabies, LLC distributes its product line directly to... (More)



Casio's EXILIM CARD EX-S880 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Casio: Two new EXILIM digicams
13:42 EDT - From its headquarters in Dover NJ, the American subsidiary of Japan's Casio Computer Co. Ltd. has today announced two new digital camera models that offer easy uploading to the popular YouTube website.

The Casio EXILIM CARD EX-S880 and EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z77 are the first digital cameras to offer the YouTube Capture mode, which in concert with a bundled software application makes it simple to upload multiple... (More)



Monday, July 9, 2007

PRESS RELEASE: Prizes Announced and Deadline Extended for CITY Magazine's travel photography competition
15:03 EDT - Due to overwhelming demand, the deadline for submissions for CITY Magazine's ONE CITY, MANY DESTINATIONS™ travel photography competition has been extended until 11:59 p.m. EST on JULY 31, 2007! The ONE CITY, MANY DESTINATIONS™ competition boasts the ultimate grand prize: CITY Magazine's cover shot. Amateur and professional photographers from around the world are invited to submit images... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: The New York Underwater Photographic Society Presents
14:53 EDT - A Special Evening Of Underwater Imagery In The Heart Of Nyc July 9, 2007 (New York, NY): The New York Underwater Photographic Society, is the youngest and fastest growing in the world. Based in the heart of New York City, one of the art and photography capitals of the world, the Society launched in April of this year, and already has over 120 members. The NYUPS will host a special event on Thursday... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: SizeFixer full function trial now available.
13:38 EDT - FixerLabs, developers of award winning software for digital image enhancement and enlargement, today released a full function trial version of their flagship programme for image enlargement - SizeFixer. (Initially available only for Windows with support for Mac due soon.) Based on their patented Super-Resolution technology, SizeFixer XL can enlarge images to A0 size and beyond with unprecedented levels... (More)



Taiwanese digicam makers record year-on-year growth
13:36 EDT - A news article posted on Taiwan's DigiTimes Systems website reports that three of the top four Taiwanese ODM / OEM vendors of digital cameras have recorded year-on-year growth in their revenues for June 2007.

According to the article, Asia Optical saw the biggest gains with a 41% jump over June 2006, recording consolidated revenues of 3.2 billion New Taiwan dollars (NTD) in June 2007. Altek almost matched this... (More)



Panasonic's Lumix DMC-TZ3 digital camera. Courtesy of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Full Review posted for Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ3
12:50 EDT - With beauty from almost all angles, the most beautiful quality of the Panasonic TZ3 is the quality of its lens, and thus its images. We found the TZ3's controls to be a little less impressive, at least in terms of their look and feel; the good news is that they serve quite well, and the camera's menu and interface are easy to read and use in most lighting conditions. The Panasonic TZ3's optical image... (More)



Friday, July 6, 2007

PRESS RELEASE: PicaJet.Com Releases PicaJet Photo Manager 2.5.0.488
13:38 EDT - Seattle, WA -- 07/05/2007 -- PicaJet Photo Manager 2.5.0.488 now supports automatic image uploading to popular online photo sharing services. PicaJet burst on to the digital asset management market in 2001 and quickly became a popular tool with professional photographers and digital camera owners alike. As the number of digital photographs taken increases exponentially, photographer's requirements... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Flash LEDs Reach High Resolution Level of Xenon Lamp for Digital Cameras
13:12 EDT - SEOUL, KOREA (July 5, 2007) - Seoul Semiconductor (KOSDAQ: 046890), one of the ten largest LED manufacturers in the world, announced today that it has launched a super bright and ultra-mini flash LED that will replace xenon lamps which are generally used as a flash light source for digital cameras or 5 mega pixel camera phones. Seoul Semiconductor's Flash LEDs will be applied to digital camera's flashes... (More)



Thursday, July 5, 2007

Optunis Imaging Releases ChromaKeys 1.0.2
13:59 EDT - New ways to import images for intelligent masking highlight the new release.

Optunis Imaging has released version 1.0.2 of its $49 ChromaKeys utility for masking images on Mac OS X. Highlights of the new version are new ways of importing images, including support for drag and drop.... (More)



Casio's logo. Click here to visit the Casio website! PRESS RELEASE: Casio Makes A Name For Itself
13:47 EDT - Leading Consumer Electronics Company Renames U.S. Subsidiary DOVER, NJ, July 5, 2007 – Casio, Inc, U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., today announced that effective August 1, 2007, they will officially change the company name from Casio, Inc. to Casio America, Inc. The company name change better conveys the position of the company within Casio Computer Co., Ltd., which is a leader among... (More)



Nikon's logo. Click to visit Nikon's global website! Nikon to expand Thai production
13:46 EDT - An article published in the Business section of today's Bangkok Post newspaper reports that Japan's Nikon Corp. is to expand its production capabilities in Thailand.

Subsidiary company Nikon (Thailand) Co. Ltd. currently operates a plant in the Rojana Industrial Park. Located just outside the Thai city of Ayutthaya and about an hour's drive north of the Thai capital... (More)



Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Sea&Sea's DX-1G digital camera. Courtesy of Sea&Sea, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sea&Sea: DX-1G underwater camera system
15:34 EDT - If a new product announcement by Japanese underwater imaging company Sea&Sea Sunpak Co. Ltd. looks familiar to regular readers, there's a simple reason for that.

Sea&Sea's new DX-1G underwater camera system consists of a Sea&Sea-branded digital camera and an underwater housing that's currently slated to offer waterproofing to at least 50 meters. The digicam... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Mustek Digital Photo Frame Boasts Ten-Inch Screen, Interchangeable Faceplates
11:57 EDT - Mustek Digital Photo Frame Boasts Ten-Inch Screen, Interchangeable Faceplates IRVINE, Calif., July 3 -- Bringing big style to living spaces both contemporary and traditional, Mustek's new PF-A1020BC Digital Photo Frame combines the excitement of a 10.2-inch TFT LCD display panel along with a set of interchangeable faceplates to help user's achieve their interior design goals. "Mustek recognizes that... (More)



Monday, July 2, 2007

Pentax's logo. Click here to visit the Pentax website! Pentax, Hoya detail tender offer
15:48 EDT - Separate press releases distributed today by Japan's Hoya Corp. and Pentax Corp. detail the former company's tender offer for the latter company, and its acceptance by the Pentax board.

Terms of the tender offer are much as described in our earlier coverage of the deal. Pentax's brand name will continue in use, and 0.158 Hoya shares will be offered per share of Pentax's common stock.... (More)



Kodak's logo. Click here to visit the Kodak website! PRESS RELEASE: Kodak's Inspiration Tour Hits The Highway
14:49 EDT - Twelve-City Interactive Tour Exhibits the Latest in Digital Photography ROCHESTER, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Eastman Kodak Company's (NYSE:EK) Inspiration Tour kicks off this week in Minneapolis at the Taste of Minnesota, and will make 13 additional stops in 12 cities throughout the United States this year. At each stop, the massive 4,000-square-foot interactive exhibit will educate and motivate America's... (More)



Canon's PIXMA MP470 photo all-in-one printer. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Canon U.S.A. Announces Two Photo All-In-One Printer Models With Modern Design And Enhanced Performance
14:42 EDT - LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., July 2, 2007 - Designed with style and packed with performance, the Canon PIXMA MP470 and MP210 Photo All-In-One (AIO) printers announced today by Canon U.S.A., Inc., deliver new ease-of-use and printing technology, boast approximately 46-second 4" x 6" borderless photo printing speeds,1 and offer functionality in a stylish, compact package. Perfect for the dorm room or home office,... (More)



Canon's SELPHY CP740 photo printer. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: A Powerful New Photo Printer That Fits In The Palm Of Your Hand
14:36 EDT - Canon U.S.A.'s SELPHY CP740 Compact Photo Printer Offers a Two-Inch Color LCD Screen and Automatic Red-Eye Reduction LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., July 2, 2007 - Scrapbookers and digital photographers have a new reason to celebrate: Canon U.S.A., Inc. has just announced an addition to their compact photo printer line-up that prints superb digital images that can last for years to come. Designed to make printing... (More)



PRESS RELEASE: Pandigital Takes Digital Photo Frame Functionality to a New Level; Intros First Line of Wireless, Battery Accessories
11:41 EDT - New frames come with PictBridge, clock, calendar, alarm and programmable on/off; New WiFi, Bluetooth and battery accessories let customers do even more DUBLIN, Calif., July 2 -- One of the hottest consumer electronics devices is now made even better by Pandigital. The company today introduced its new line of Pandigital Digital Photo Frames with a significantly enhanced array of features as well as... (More)

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